WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR OUR COUNTRY?
11 December 2013
By Max Chauke Pr. Eng
It’s easy to sit and criticise but what we should be doing is to start taking actions about the future of our country. Mandela had an idea of a free nation where everyone lives in harmony irrespective of the colour of their skin and he didn't wait for anyone else to liberate him. Together with other like-minded people, he decided to fight the apartheid regime and it was an ideal for which they were prepared to live for, but they were equally prepared to die for it if need be. They took actions and at the end they achieved their dream. Madiba didn't expect anything in return.
We all know the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality which still face our people in the township of Alexandra, the squatter camps in Diepsloot, the villages of Malamulele and Msinga, and many other impoverished areas of our country. We know that some children in the Eastern Cape still learn under the trees, it is a fact that some learners in Limpopo and North West have to learn without textbooks. Hospitals in Mpumalanga run out of medicine including the very essential ARVs every now and then. Innocent lives are being lost as a result of gang wars in the Western Cape.
We know that many young pupils who enter the school system in grade 1 don’t go as far as grade 12. We’re also aware of our relatives who have completed their theoretical training at Colleges and Universities and are looking in vain for practical training opportunities. It is common knowledge that there are a lot of graduates who have completed their studies and can’t find employment, some in the so called scares skills fields.
We know about all these challenges; the question is; what are we doing about it? Instead of complaining and waiting for the government, what have you done as an individual to try and solve some of these challenges?
You, a grant recipient who is still waiting for an RDP house, what have you done?
As a graduate who can’t find employment, what have you done?
As a professional who is successful in your career, what are you doing?
And how about you, as a successful business person, how are you giving back to your community?
The same goes for the millionaires and billionaires out there, what are you doing for this beautiful country?
How are we assisting the government to solve these challenges?
I think the passing of Madiba should be a time of introspection. Let us search deep down in our inner selves to check if indeed we’re living up to the values of Mandela.
I would like to thank the people with whom together in 2005 we saw a need to give back to young people of South Africa. This, we did by forming an NGO which was aimed at empowering the youth of South Africa. In the beginning we have had to do this from our own pockets as some of us still do even today. I am proud to say that we have, over the last 6 years, bridged an information gap by providing learners across all 9 provinces of South Africa with career guidance in all fields of studies and in particular Science, Engineering, Technology and Finance related fields.
To date, Makomba Ndlela Youth Empowerment Organization has reached over 40000 learners’ country wide. Although we didn’t track all of them, I’m happy that of those that we have managed to track, some are now qualified and are employed in the fields of Finance, Engineering etc. and their choice of career was influenced by the interaction with our role models. Some are now a part of Makomba-Ndlela as role models who are also giving back to the younger ones. All our role models don’t get paid a cent for volunteering their time and skills.
In the selfless spirit of Tata Nelson Mandela I appeal to my fellow volunteers and all the people of Mzansi to continue giving back to our country in whatever form. It may seem as an insignificant contribution, but it makes a huge difference.
It’s never too late to start contributing, begin today!
Let’s help make Azania what we want it to be!
Max Chauke is a registered professional Engineer, a founding President and now a board Member and Director of Makomba Ndlela Youth Empowerment organization (MANYEO)
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